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SubjectRe: single target builds are broken
On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 6:16 PM Vegard Nossum <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I often run 'make foo/bar.o' as part of my workflow, even when bar.o is
> not specified in any kernel makefile, and this has worked just fine for
> years.
> This is broken after commit 394053f4a4b3e3eeeaa67b67fc886a9a75bd9e4d
> (kbuild: make single targets work more correctly) and just gives an error:
> $ make kernel/test.o
> CALL scripts/
> CALL scripts/atomic/
> DESCEND objtool
> make[2]: *** No rule to make target 'kernel/test.o'. Stop.
> scripts/ recipe for target '__build' failed
> make[1]: *** [__build] Error 2
> Makefile:1670: recipe for target 'kernel' failed
> make: *** [kernel] Error 2

This is intentional to make the single target builds
work in the same manner as the normal builds.

The necessary CONFIG dependency must be met.

obj-$(CONFIG_FOO) += foo.o

foo.o can be built only when CONFIG_FOO is y/m.

> For top-level objects (e.g. 'make bar.o') the situation is even worse,
> since make exits with status 0 without building anything :-/

There is no .c or .S file at the top-level of the kernel source tree.

'make bar.o' never happens.

> Is there any chance we can get this back? It was super useful for me.

What you want is "Let's build whatever", right?

No, please add 'obj-y += test.o' if you want to
test your local file.

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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